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To Remain Nameless

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Title: To Remain Nameless
Author: Fox, Brad
ISBN: 9780999418673
Publisher: Rescue Press
Published: 2020
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: New
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Fiction. Tess keeps vigil at the bedside of her friend Laura through a long night of labor as Laura's first child arrives. The two have known each other for what seems like forever. Their humanitarian aid work has taken them from the Balkans, to Egypt, to Istanbul amid the ongoing refugee crisis--an era that includes the US's war in Iraq, the Arab Spring, and many forms of global consequence and aftermath. Brad Fox's first novel is a luminous inquiry into the incarnations and limits of hope. This writer helps us endure our questions about what forms care may take, what we may offer to anyone, near and far.

Brad Fox's virtuoso novelistic voice, alternately terse and florid, in the mode of Joseé Saramago, Roberto Bolanño, or Alberto Moravia, is sonorous, lapidary, and melancholy--a seamless dreamy fabulist omniscience, bearing world-weary witness to perilous events, both inner and outer. Fox gives the impression of having lived underground or in other centuries and of only now emerging from his hiding place to narrate these limpid yet dense fantasias. A phenomenally gifted novelist and a probing intellectual, he transforms critical thinking into dramatic scenario. 'Thought' isn't appended to the story, but emerges in the complicated telling of the tale. In a bravura feat of formal construction, TO REMAIN NAMELESS flashes between a birth scene and international adventures: from the cramped, germinating vantage of a hospital room, the novelist unfurls a teeming network of international exaltations and disappointments. The room compresses; the world expands. Djuna Barnes and Virginia Woolf pioneered this trick of simultaneous engorgement and diminution, of funhouse-mirror space-time reversal; and now Brad Fox, wonder-worker, takes up the dizzying mantle.--Wayne Koestenbaum

Daring, vivid and utterly original, Brad Fox's debut is a tour de force.--Claire Messud

From Kansas City to Cairo to New York to the Balkans, Brad Fox goes to the heart of the cont